The Odes of Horace by David Ferry

Issue #76
Fall 1998

Robert Pinsky recommends
The Odes of Horace, poems translated by David Ferry: “David Ferry’s versions of Horace have an immense formal appeal: they sound ravishing when you read them aloud, and that appeal to the senses is one of the ways that this book rescues us entirely from the stereotype of Horace as a kind of silvery, genteel man who valued calmness. This is a passionate, various book of poetry, one of the great renewable resources for poetry, made available with unprecedented success by Ferry’s freely invented English equivalents to the Latin lines and stanzas.” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)